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Lynch School of Education

Elementary Education

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The major in Elementary Education prepares students for teaching children without disabilities and children with mild disabilities in regular classrooms, grades one-six.

The major requirements for the elementary program include foundation and professional courses.

Foundation courses focus on building understanding in areas such as child growth, learning, diversity, and development from cultural and historical perspectives.

Professional courses are viewed as an integrated approach to the subject matter of the elementary classroom that includes reading, language, literature, mathematics, science, and social studies.

In addition to the mastery of program content, students are instructed in

  • learning theories
  • instructional strategies and models
  • curriculum and school organizational practices
  • educational technology
  • effective assessment procedures and instruments


Students also develop competencies in working with diverse learners. Instruction enables students to effectively integrate children with disabilities into regular classrooms.


Students have opportunities to engage in problem-solving and reflective practice, work with parents and communities, and apply knowledge to research projects.


The practicum component begins at the sophomore level and culminates in full-time senior level practicum. Courses and practica are carefully linked.


A second major, either interdisciplinary or in a subject discipline in Arts & Sciences or Human Development in the Lynch School, is required. Students must consult with their program advisors and the Office of Undergraduate Student Services as to the selection and requirements for the major.


Program requirements in detail (PDF)

State Requirements (PDF)


Middle School Licensure
Middle School licensure is available to Elementary and Secondary Education students by application to the Massachusetts Department of Education via "alternate route." A special option is provided for minoring in Middle School Mathematics Teaching. Students seeking licensure to teach at the middle school level should consult the Office of Professional Practicum Experiences.


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